How to Use Fancams on Twitter
How long have you been using Twitter? If the answer is “way too long”, then you’ve probably heard of Twitter Fancams. That said, unless you’re a teenager, you might not understand what they’re all about.
When you log into Twitter, a fancam will pop up in most unexpected places. In this article, we’ll cover the origins of fancams and how they’ve evolved. In addition, we’ll explain how best to use a fancam on Twitter.
What Is a Fancam Exactly?
If you’re not a Twitter user, you could decipher the concept of fancams by separating the word. The term implies that it’s video footage created by a fan. A fan of who, you might wonder? That’s where it gets even more interesting.
The idea of a fancam is closely related to the K-Pop phenomenon. Wait. What’s K-Pop? It’s an extremely popular music genre that comes from South Korea. But it’s not only confined to its country of origin. K-Pop fans are international, and many of them are US teenagers.
A person who loves K-Pop so much will create short videos of their favorite performers singing and dancing – that’s called a fancam. These videos rarely go above seconds, and K-Pop fans use all kinds of sources to create them. It can be their personal videos from a concert, an official music video, or a YouTube clip.
And since most of K-Pop are groups of boy or girl bands, it’s essential that they zoom in on one member in particular. Most of the fancam videos you’ll see on Twitter have a poor image and sound quality. But they’re easy to make and even easier to share.
How to Correctly Use Fancam on Twitter
Right about now, you might be wondering what’s the point of fancams on Twitter. Well, for one, K-Pop groups tend to have an incredibly active and devoted following. Their fans identify with them and follow members of the bands closely on social media.
When fancams first started appearing some five years ago, it was to promote and popularize K-pop groups on Twitter. There are a lot of fansites and websites dedicated to a specific K-pop band or person. Fans can find a lot of information and even sources for their fancam videos.
However, things have evolved in a somewhat strange direction with fancams and Twitter. If you enter the fancam Twitter hashtag, you’ll see an endless list of fancam clips. Most of them are posted in replies and posts entirely unrelated to K-Pop or even music.
Fundamentally, fancams have transformed into Twitter spam. But even so, is there a right or wrong way to use a fancam? Not really. For the most part, Twitter users post fancams to distract people in replies to the original post. If someone tweeted something they don’t like, spamming the replies with fancams can turn people away from reading the replies themselves.
So, in that sense, it actually has a purpose. But most of the time, it’s just random and pretty much nonsensical. You can write it off as teenage humor that only teenagers understand. Or, if you’re a K-pop fan, you’ll enjoy seeing fancams whenever they appear on Twitter.
In a very predictable turn of events, K-Pop fancams have inspired others. Twitter and Instagram users around the world have taken this concept and made into something new. Now a Twitter search for fancams can lead to fan-made clips of a beloved celebrity doing something completely mundane, or standing on a red carpet at a glitzy event.
And it’s not just about the video either. The accompanying music is usually something very specific, or something that merely aims to amplify the dazzle effect of the celebrity in question.
In the world of Twitter fancams, Timothée Chalamet is one of the most popular actors. There’s him standing on the red carpet or merely smiling and waving. But there are many other celebrities whose fans have made them into fancams.
Are Twitter Fancams Here to Stay?
Remarkably, the Twitter Fancam trend is still going strong. Most things have an expiration date on Twitter, regardless of how huge they become. Just ask Baby Yoda. But K-Pop is different, their fans are passionate and invariably have a lot of time on their hands.
But still, fancams have stood the test of time, and have even found a way to shapeshift. They can be fun, but can also clutter your Twitter feed. No matter how much you avoid fancams on Twitter, they’ll show up from time to time.
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